When you live an active lifestyle and you become injured, you may not want to give up all activity – and you may not have to. Discuss the level of physical fitness you’re up to with your doctor, and if you’re able to have some activity, consider an adjusted workout that will help you to maintain your base fitness level. It is important not to exercise in the same way you have before, so to stay in shape, consider these tips on how to exercise smartly after an injury.

If One Body Part Is Injured

Consider using the ideas of cross training. Cross training gives you the ability to exercise multiple different muscle groups at different times, and opens up your exercise options to activities of all types on different days, mixing and matching to suit your purposes. You’ll want to ensure that your injured body part is left alone to recover, and that you choose activities that work the rest of your body.

For example, if your leg, ankle, or foot is injured, work your upper body with a rowing machine. If you’re able, consider swimming; this activity is easy on the body and provides a great workout. If you’ve injured an arm, use a leg press, or an elliptical at a moderate pace. Develop your leg strength in the meantime with some of these low-impact training exercises, until you’re ready to hit the gym full-level.

Regardless of what you choose, be sure to keep your activity at a low impact level until you know how much your body can truly handle.

For The Entire Body And Overall Health

Don’t forget the key ingredients to keep your body healthy and tend to it in injury. Always, and especially when you’re injured, eat well and give your body the nutrients it needs to perform well. Get the appropriate amount of sleep, as rest will help you heal your body quicker. Stay hydrated at all times to help your body handle workouts better.

When you’re injured, you can’t jump right back into your old routine. With the appropriate adjustments, however, it is possible to keep yourself in shape and even work and train new muscles. Talk to your physician and let him or her know which activities you’d like to attempt. Then take a look through the options you have to find new activities for your body – they may even help you to become stronger and healthier in the long run!

Sources:

http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/tipsandtricks/a/Cross_Training.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/429849-a-workout-plan-with-a-broken-foot/

http://www.runnersworld.com/ask-coach-jenny/how-to-keep-training-with-an-injured-arm

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/workout-injuries-prevention-and-treatme